Norwich Sharing City is a non-profit campaign for Norwich to become the UK's leading sharing city by the year 2020. We want to join a global alliance of connected cities that are embracing the rise of the collaborative economy.
The collaborative economy (sometimes called the sharing or platform economy) refers to the use of digital technologies to access knowledge, goods, services and money from any kind of people-powered networks. Some well-known examples include Airbnb, Deliveroo, Uber and Facebook’s Marketplace.
While these are the platforms that often feature in the news, the sharing movement is bigger and bolder than Silicon Valley. In fact, it’s already active in grassroots communities all over the world, including here in Norwich. By working together, we can solve problems and create new opportunities that benefit everyone.
We believe that cross-border collaboration with other cities can help us use technology for social good, find and exchange solutions to practical everyday problems, and develop a strong local economy that empowers people to share as much or as little as they want to.
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Every city is different and every city needs to utilise its local context and resources to find its own approach to the collaborative economy, depending on its individual circumstances and priorities. In Norwich, we experience a variety of challenges such as homelessness, pollution, gentrification and a lack of inclusivity, and many of them could be addressed through sharing.
Norwich Sharing City will bring together local communities, associations, businesses, institutions and authorities to define the goals, projects, events and initiatives of the campaign. The six pillars below focus on areas where we believe the collaborative economy can offer solutions and benefits.
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